Meet Our Guides
Our Full-Time Staff
Each member of Journey Quest’s staff has a heart for Jesus Christ and to see the lives of kids and adults changed by the power of the gospel. Combined they have over 60 years experience in Christian camping and wilderness ministry. They are dedicated to the ministry and passionate for God’s creation.
2022 Guide Team
As we near the start of our 2022 season, we are excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer. We can’t wait to see how God will work through each and every one of them. This page will be updated throughout the spring, so check back often.
Join Our Team
Each summer we hire a guide team to serve our guests. We seek staff who have a passion to know and serve Jesus Christ, a heart to minister to youth and families, and a desire to serve in an outdoors-based wilderness ministry. If that’s you, consider applying for the next summer!
Mark & Sarah Anderson
President / CEO
Mark grew up in the Chicago area and moved out to Colorado in 1992 to serve at Camp Redcloud, a Christian camp in Southwest Colorado. God used Mark’s first year there to bring Mark to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he served there for several more years before he helped start a wilderness ministry at Redcloud’s sister camp in New-Zealand. In 1997, Mark joined the staff at Reachout Expeditions (now YD Adventures) in Oregon where, despite his fear of water, he became a whitewater raft guide. Mark stayed at YD for nine years guiding river trips, mountaineering adventures, and eventually serving as Program Director.
Sarah grew up in Greeley, Colorado, and loves outdoor adventure. While attending Trinity Western University, she guided for several summers at YD Adventures in Oregon. This is where she met Mark, and they were married in 2001. Sarah has a passion for wilderness ministry, discipleship, gourmet cooking, and hospitality.
Mark & Sarah returned to Colorado in 2005 to direct Camp Redcloud’s wilderness ministry and youth discipleship programs until 2011. During this time they began to sense God’s leading to start a new wilderness ministry in Colorado, and in early 2011 they began the process of starting Journey Quest.
Mark & Sarah have 5 young children who love outdoor adventures and climbing all over all our staff. Mark is a Wilderness EMT, a Swiftwater & High-Angle Rescue instructor for Rescue 3 International, and a certified river guide instructor. Sarah is a Wilderness EMT and a certified river guide and trip-leader.
Steve grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where he developed a passion for Christ, the outdoors, and youth ministry. He sensed God’s call to ministry while serving as a counselor at a Christian camp during the summer of 1996, and served as a guide and supervisor for 15 years at Camp Redcloud in Lake City, Colorado. In 2011 Steve joined with Mark & Sarah to help start Journey Quest. Steve has a passion for seeing the lives of youth and adults changed through an encounter with God in His creation.
Like anyone at a small organization, Steve wears many hats and oversees Journey Quest’s marketing, web-design, multi-day ministry trips, rock-climbing, and backcountry programs.
Steve is an avid mountaineer, climber, hiker and skier. He attended Jackson Hole Bible College where he earned a Diploma in Biblical Foundations, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness EMT-Intermediate. When not out in the mountains, Steve enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, graphics design, technology, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Steve is a moonlight web-developer and graphics designer, and often volunteers with the local EMS and Search and Rescue teams.
Mario & Heather Currado
Mario grew up in the Western Mojave Desert, where he developed a passion for camping under the stars and exploring the surrounding San Gabriel and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. His family lived towards the edge of town where they raised many animals on their property, and had large vegetable gardens. He, along with his parents and two brothers, hosted frequent gatherings for Bible study, worship, barbecues, and adventure outings which often included scrambling rocky ridges, sliding down waterfalls to swim in hidden canyons, and sharing wild-crafted meals of acorns, rattlesnake, rabbit, trout, and fresh herbs and berries cooked over friction fires. Through all of this, Mario developed a deep love for his Creator and for sharing the wonders of creation with others.
Mario learned a variety of repair and construction skills from friends and family, and worked with his father for 14 years in the ceramic tile installation trade. During this time he also worked occasionally at living history farms and summer camps, learned technical rock climbing in Yosemite, guided rafting on the Kern River, became a ski instructor, and was certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Best of all, he married his true love, Heather Darrington, a horse-riding, guitar playing bluegrass singer with a fiery heart and sparkling eyes.
Mario, Heather, their son Riley, and daughter Sage lived and worked at The Oaks Christian Camp in the mountains north of Los Angeles for 12 years. They helped care for the numerous facilities, mentored new staff and led many adventures for youth and families from the inner cities of California. The Currados began working at Journey Quest in the Spring of 2022, and are excited for another season of serving our guests in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.
Meet Our 2022 Guide Team
Emmaline will be joining Journey Quest for her fourth summer this year as head boatman (or head boatlady as some would say!) She was born and raised in Clifton, a small town tucked away in the beautiful hill country of central Texas. Growing up, she loved to spend time outdoors fishing, exploring and playing in the creek with her six siblings. She moved to Cañon City in 2018 to attend Worldview at the Abbey, an academic bridge-year program. During her time there she fell in love with southern Colorado and jumped right into her first summer with Journey Quest immediately after graduating. When Emmaline isn’t rafting, you can find her cozied up with a warm cup of tea, outside rock climbing, in a random field practicing her handstand walks, working out at the local women’s only gym, or at her off-season job where she manages properties and helps with remodeling/renovation projects. She loves spending time with her family, stargazing, finding new places, writing music and getting involved in epic prank battles! Emmaline is excited for the challenges that lay ahead of her this summer as she pursues God, relationships with others, and continues to learn to lean wholly on Christ.
Nick Reagan is joining the team for his first year at Journey Quest. Originally from Georgia, he spent most of his life in Woodbridge, Virginia until he went to Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is majoring in Adventure Education & Leadership and minoring in Sociology. When not in school, he is either working at a climbing gym or climbing outside, you may even spot him climbing the side of a building. Other than climbing, Nick enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen with his friends. In this season, he is most excited about being able to be outside in God’s creation. One of his passions in life is showing others the beauty that is found outdoors. His biggest goal this summer is to learn to trust God through the hardships and the twists and turns.
Bracy Bazil is absolutely stoked to be returning to Journey Quest as a second year guide. Hailing from the great state of Texas, Bracy loves spending time outdoors exploring God’s beautiful creation. Some of his favorite summer activities include, rock climbing, hiking, and longboarding. A lover of dad jokes, Bracy will wholeheartedly share a few (or all) of his favorites while on the river. Although his own musical talents are limited, Bracy loves jamming to music in his car. Some of his favorite artists include Needtobreathe, Rend Collective, and Shane and Shane. In leisure time Bracy also enjoys a good movie with the bros. Wishing to pursue a career in Fire/EMS, Bracy has spent his time during the off season obtaining his EMT and Firefighter certifications. Bracy is thrilled to see how the Lord will move, and what he has in store for summer 2022.
Hannah Renay Brown is excited to return as a second year guide and follow the Lord’s calling to love His people through this ministry. She is currently a college student at Colorado Christian University as a psychology major. Last year she attended the bridge year program, Worldview at the Abbey, which fostered a love for theology and philosophy in her. She loves spending time with God and people in nature doing things such as rock climbing, running, hiking, snowboarding, ect. But don’t worry, she will happily talk books and anime all day. Last summer Hannah grew a lot as she was able to see how God moves in people’s lives and that He invites each of us into what He is doing.
Hannah Flaig is coming back to guide for her second year with Journey Quest! Coming all the way from Vancouver Island, located on the west coast of Canada, she can’t wait to see what this summer has in store. Hannah lived in Colorado, attending a year-long philosophical program, before joining the Journey Quest team last year. Throughout the past year of living back in Canada, she has been working towards obtaining her nutrition coaching certification. In her free time, Hannah is always up for any adventure, whether it is mountain biking, surfing, hammock naps, or just talking over a cup of coffee. She is looking forward to seeing what God is going to do this summer and is always ready to listen, serve, and have a good time outside.
Hannah is super excited for this summer, so shoot her a hello if you see her around!
Nathanael has always loved adventure and could not be happier to come back for his second year as a Journey Quest guide! From the Great State of Iowa, Nathanael sometimes rafted with his family on vacation in Colorado but never thought he would be a guide himself. In the offseason Nathanael studies business at Iowa State University where he is currently a Junior. Nathanael hopes to use his passion for business as a means to spreading the Gospel and connecting with other like minded individuals for a greater impact on the world. Outside of school Nathanael also enjoys physical activities such as swimming, running, weightlifting, BJJ, and wrestling. If you feel up to it and like to lose, challenge Nathanael to a push up contest this summer( you won’t be disappointed). Nathanael also enjoys reading and gaining knowledge/wisdom any way he can, especially through books.
This summer Nathanael is excited to see God work on him and the people he comes in contact with. He is most excited to lead young people on their faith journey as they learn to navigate this world.
Chris Burnz is a third year guide from Utah. He loves volleyball, soccer, bowling, skiing, water sports, hiking, and running. Chris also enjoys spending time with friends and playing an occasional video game. Chris originally found Journey Quest when he came on a trip with his youth group in 2015. He loves to travel and wants to travel all around the world. Chris loves dogs and that is the quickest way to his heart other than food. A fun fact about Chris is that he speaks 3 languages (English, Spanish, and Chinese!). He is looking forward to an awesome summer and is super excited to see how God is going to grow him and others in their faith and maturity.
Marshall is looking forward to jumping in as a first year guide at Journey Quest. Although he grew up in a military family and spent the first half of his life moving around, he currently lives in a small community nestled between mountains in Morgan, Utah. He is currenlty studying mechanical engineering at Liberty University. When not studying or climbing at the campus climbing wall, you’ll most likely find him exploring the mountains, navigating slot canyons, or putting way too much effort into finding fresh powder to ski. Anytime Marshall is able, he’ll take the opportunity to go on an adventure and marvel in God’s creation. Meaningful, beyond surface-level conversations about God and His creation are important aspects of many of Marshall’s adventures with friends. He is excited to meet new people, make new friends, and see how God will work in his life and use him this summer. He loves guiding and is looking forward to turning it into an opportunity for spiritual growth.